Premier Daniel Andrews and MPs for Clarinda and Keysborough have denied over half million constituents their right to democracy by thwarting the swearing in of Nationals colleague Luke O’Sullivan on Tuesday.
Legislative Council President Bruce Atkinson said that contrary to long-standing parliamentary convention, Daniel Andrews and Labor MPs had turned Mr O’Sullivan’s appointment into a ‘political football’.
The seat of Northern Victoria in the Legislative Council was vacated by Damian Drum in May and Mr O’Sullivan was preselected in late July, in compliance with party rules.
Under normal conventions, a new member of parliament is sworn in at the earliest convenience at a joint sitting of parliament.
That joint sitting has now been refused by the Government.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Scrutiny of Government Inga Peulich:
“Daniel Andrews and local Labor MPs have placed their own political self-interest ahead of the Victorian constitution and 150 year of parliamentary convention.”
“Daniel Andrews and Victorian Labor want to use Victoria’s constitution like an industrial campaign or EBA bargaining to extract political concessions.”
“Voting against a joint sitting of the Victorian parliament to install a new MP shows a disturbing lack of respect for people, processes and our parliament as an institution.”
Legislative Council Notice Paper No. 82: